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Corporate Strategy & Development Analyst (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  
Position Summary

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Corporate Strategy & Development Analyst primarily serves as a key resource for Senior Leadership, Finance, and the Corporate Strategy Team on evaluating key strategic opportunities and initiatives, with specific emphasis on evaluating the financial implications of opportunities and driving key corporate development initiatives.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Evaluates potential corporate development opportunities (e.g. by providing strategic due diligence, financial statement analyses, financial modeling, and returns analyses) and monitors existing strategic initiatives.
  • Aggressively drive key strategic opportunities and initiatives forward.Manage initiatives and ensure successful execution
  • Researches and analyzes industries, market segments, and business models. Evaluates the merits of alternatives and presents findings to senior leadership.
  • Recommend growth strategies and plans for optimizing the long-term success of GreatAmerica and its business units
  • Leads evaluation of GreatAmerica’s key strategic opportunities, as specified (ex. capital structure allocations, new investment opportunities, strategic partnerships, etc.). May also lead initiation of key strategic opportunities that are pursued.
  • Develops and maintains complex operating and financial models (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow analysis) designed to efficiently and accurately forecast company financial performance and evaluate strategic opportunities.
  • Develops decision-supporting financial models and analytical tools for internal and external audiences.
  • Leads special studies and performs ad hoc analysis to evaluate complex issues and prepares recommendations for policy, procedure, control, or action based on results of analysis.
  • Performs research on and provides recommendations related to financial policies, governmental legislation, accounting, or customer financial regulations which directly impact projects being analyzed.
  • Lives the GreatAmerica principles; involved in cross functional team efforts as assigned and required.
  • Proactively promote and participate in process improvement initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as required.

     

    ATTRIBUTES:

  • Advanced Excel modeling and presentation development skills
  • Strategic thinking: Understands the current state and is able to visualize the ideal state and how to achieve it.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Self-motivated and action oriented.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Problem solving attitude, with focus on improving processes with a disciplined approach
  • Entrepreneurial attitude, with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  • Demonstrated self-starter who is goal oriented, a critical thinker and a creative problem solver
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to develop and manage stakeholder expectations
  • Ability to work with internal stakeholders to build consensus on key elements of strategy
  • Acts as a primary point of contact to maintain a strong and collaborative relationship with all stakeholders
  • Must be able to multi-task and have a combination of organizational and analytical skills
  • Should have experience managing cross-company business relationships
  • Effectively displays solid leadership skills and the ability to influence without authority
  • Strong sense of urgency and follow through in addressing issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills to build credibility
  • Exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written)
Position Qualifications

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Competencies:

 

For all GreatAmerica team members:  Honesty/Integrity, Customer Oriented, Accountability, Tenacious, Communication Skills (Oral & Written), Adaptability

 

For this position: Analytical skills, Strong Business Acumen, Change Management, Coaching and Development, Communication Skills (Oral & Written), Decision Making, Judgment, Resource Management, Self-Confidence, Strategic Planning

 

Education:

  • University degree in the field of business administration

    Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Business Administration, Finance, or Related Field.
  • Typically requires 2-5 years of experience with market research, business analysis, and/or project management.
  • Prior experience such as management consulting, corporate strategy, corporate development, or investment banking is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data research and analysis.

    Skills and Knowledge:

  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Data Warehouse

     

  • Other Requirements:Exceptional organizational, analytical and follow-through skills.Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Role will likely include periodic large project oriented demands with tight deadlines requiring more than standard work hours and the need to respond quickly. Must demonstrate sound business judgment